Farm Bill information sessions being offered

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(Posted Dec. 2, 2019)

Farm Bill info sessions related to commodity programs

Ohio State University Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency in Ohio are partnering to provide a series of educational Farm Bill meetings this winter to help producers make informed decisions related to enrollment in commodity programs.

The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill. While the ARC and PLC programs under the new farm bill remain very similar to the previous farm bill, there are some changes that producers should be aware of.

Farm Bill meetings will review changes to the ARC/PLC programs, as well as important dates and deadlines. Additionally, attendees will learn about decision tools and calculators available to help assess which program best fits the needs of their farms under current market conditions and outlook.

Enrollment for 2019 is open with the deadline set as March 15, 2020. Enrollment for the 2020 crop year closes June 30, 2020. Producers can enroll for both 2019 and 2020 during the same visit to an FSA county office. Producers have the opportunity to elect to either ARC or PLC for the 2019 to 2023 crop years, with the option to change their program election in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

The Madison County Farm Service Agency and Madison County Extension Office are offering three informational meetings for producers. Meetings will be held at the Engineer’s Conference Room at 825 U.S. Rte. 42 NE in London at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13, Jan. 16 and Feb. 6. Meetings are free, and all are welcome to attend. Contact Mary Griffith for more information, (740) 852-0975 or Griffith.483@osu.edu.

To find out about other upcoming meetings and get information about the Farm Bill, visit go.osu.edu/farmbill2019.

Farm Bill info session related to conservation

The United States Department of Agriculture, Madison Soil and Water Conservation District, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are hosting a 2020 Farm Bill informational meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Madison County Engineer’s Building, 831 U.S. Rte. 42 NE, London.

Topics include: “Working lands for wildlife – EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program),” “Biggest hurdles in establishing CRP (Conservation Reserve Program),” “CRP signup and what to expect,” and “How to revitalize old CRP stands.”

For more information, contact Mark Wallen, Pheasants Forever Farm Bill biologist at (937) 215-7951 or the USDA-NCRS and Madison Soil & Water Conservation District at (740) 852-4004, ext. 3.

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